The solar system is our galactic back yard and nothing compared to the size of the Galaxy or the entire observable Universe. But still space probes need decades to travel through it. However already ancient astronomers were able to determine distances between Earth, Moon and Sun.
Mr Ahmed (AstroCom) will be illustrating how basic naked eye observation and geometry led us to determine the distance to the Moon and the Sun more than 2000 years ago. He will also talk about how in the 16th century this yardstick helped us to determine distances to our planets.
Those attending the event will be taken on a tour of the Optical Observatory, which houses a 20 inch telescope, a solar scope and a range of smaller telescopes. There will also be opportunities to explore the wonders of the sky above us, using the facilities available at the observatory. Please note that opportunities to observe the sky are largely dependent on weather conditions.